Proper positioning of the monitor can have a significant affect on your comfort and ability to work.
If you want to ensure your eyes are not under strain and you are not causing fatigue to your neck and shoulders you will need to think about where you put your monitor. Getting this right will not only affect how well you work but also how tired you feel at the end of the day.
Tiredness and discomfort can build up over many months so you need to get into good habits. This is most important if you ‘hot-desk’ at work and every day the monitor or screen might not be positioned just right you. So follow our Six Simple Steps and prevent eyestrain, headaches and neck and shoulder pain.
Six Simple Steps for Screen Placement
• Adjust the height of the monitor so that the top of the screen is at eye-level when sitting.
• Place the monitor directly in front of you to avoid twisting of the neck.
• Keep the monitor approximately an arm’s length from your body to avoid straining your eyes.
• Tilt the top of the monitor 10 to 15 degrees backwards.
• Position the monitor at an angle of 90 degrees away from windows and check for any glare from overhead lights.
• Make sure the surface of the screen is clean and adjust brightness and contrast.
For more information see our full guide on computer monitor placement.
Don’t forget its not just work that contributes to neck and shoulder pain. If you use your computer at home for longer than 20 minutes then it is important to get that right as well.
These steps also apply to using laptops. For more information on using laptops see our laptop guide.